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Chantuto Phase


Definition: The Chantuto phase is the name given to Archaic period occupation of the tidewaters along the coast of southwest Mexico, dated roughly between 4000-1500 BC. The Chantuto people relied on the littoral resources of the coasts, and their archaeological sites are known for their characteristic shell midden deposits. The researcher most identified with Chantuto phase is Barbara Voorhies, who has excavated at sites such as Tlachuachero and Vuelta Limon.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.
Tlachuachero, Vuelta Limon

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